In my last post I showed steps to get into the absolute Will of God. In this post I am going to show what the Will of God is for us. Brazen, huh? Well, let me confine this to myself then and you see if it is yours as well. The Will of God for me is Christ. The absolute Will of God for John Enslow’s life is “Christ in me.” Not my achievements, not my fulfillment, not my legacy…but HIS!
My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
Galatians 2:20 NLT
Christ Bought for Me the Will of God
Jesus Christ died and He and I were resurrected so that He could now be my life. It wasn’t a death so I could squeak by into heaven under grace. It wasn’t a sacrificial death to mop up my mess so I could do it better. And He wasn’t even crucified so we could eternally hang out together. No, Jesus conquered death so He could now be my life. Like I said in my last post, Christ bought my ability to live in the absolute will of God.
Wow, I can live in the Will of God! Painless? No. Glorious? Yes! Uh oh, my god of work and effort doesn’t care for that. Christ in you costs you everything, and gives you Everything. I sit here today writing this in the Will of God. I wanted to go to a special place with Carole, Martha, and her family, yet here I sit because His Will for me is to stay home. And as I stay home, I think of all the things I need to get done, but instead I sit here writing. And in the deep recesses of my heart, I ask the question, “Is this Your Will, Father?” This is the cost of living in the Will of God.
Sometimes the Will of God is clearly apparent, and at others it’s just not as much. Christ’s Life in my life is the work of surrender. It is the effort of listening. It’s the yielding of time. His Life is not in my performance but in my soul’s prostration.
Imitation or Impartation of the Will of God
Sometimes it seems the imitation of His Life would be more expedient. Waiting for the movement of His Life is so much more impractical. It leads me to the thought in my last post, what would the painting of my life look like if it was only IN Christ, FROM Christ, and BY Christ? Or to take this further, if everything was removed that was not Christ, what would remain?
I can contend for the Life of Christ as Christ in me. It is my heart to see in my life, “He not me.” But it requires such great faith in His resurrected Life, utter vulnerability to Him as God, and a huge YES to Him that overshadows my yeses to me. While Christ in you is satisfaction, glory, and eternal significance, this is on the other side of a great big NO to me.
Oswald Chambers reveals this secret very well. In My Utmost for His Highest, he says:
“The one marvelous secret of a holy life lies not in imitating Jesus, but in letting the perfections of Jesus manifest themselves in my mortal flesh. Sanctification is ‘Christ in you.’ It is His wonderful life that is imparted to me in sanctification, and imparted by faith as a sovereign gift of God’s grace. Am I willing for God to make sanctification as real in me as it is in His word?…Sanctification is an impartation, not an imitation.”
Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
2 Corinthians 5:17